David Fincher Might Direct Aaron Sorkin's Facebook Movie?!
by Alex Billington
June 23, 2009
Whoa, wait just a minute, David Fincher doing a Facebook movie? This just can't be right, can it? So here's the backstory. Late last year it was announced that "The West Wing" and Charlie Wilson's War screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was working on a project about Facebook called The Social Network. The story will focus on the evolution of Facebook from its 2004 creation on the Harvard campus by sophomore Mark Zuckerberg to a juggernaut with more than 60 million members. Entertainment Weekly breaks the news that Oscar nominated director David Fincher is in early talks to direct this as his next movie.
As I was writing this up, Variety also confirmed the news, meaning it's pretty much official and not just a rumor. "The hope is to begin production later this year," they say. Scott Rudin and Michael De Luca and Trigger Street are producing for Columbia Pictures. Sorkin is a very political writer with strong scripts making his attachment to this very interesting to begin with. But I would have never pegged Fincher as the kind of director to tackle such a modern-day topic as social networking and the world wide web. Apparently it must be a damn good script and a great story, or else he probably wouldn't be interested. Thoughts?